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# Abbey Theatre

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February 2023
Acclaimed novelist and journalist Deirdre Purcell dies aged 77
Dierdre was a best-selling author, and an actress who starred in plays at the Abbey Theatre.
# irish times theatre awards
An Octoroon team says nomination of only white cast members for theatre awards 'unacceptable'
The Abbey Theatre staged the production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon in April 2022.
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# Abbey Theatre
Dublin City Council is using compulsory purchase orders to buy buildings to expand Abbey Theatre
Plans to expand the theatre were first unveiled in 2017.
# Abbey Theatre
Abbey Theatre board announces appointment of new artistic and executive directors
The two new directors will join the Abbey staff in early May.
# live performances
Test live performances of music and theatre to take place in Dublin venues starting next week
The Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce recommended that cultural venues be reassessed under the government’s five-level plan.
# Phase Three
'Something is going to break': Omniplex boss says cinemas won't be viable long-term with 2m social distancing
The acceleration of the reopening roadmap has allowed businesses like cinemas to open earlier than expected.
# Abbey Theatre
Work begins on next stage of Abbey Theatre's €80 million redevelopment plan
The building in which the National Theatre is housed is over 50 years old.
# Culture
Abbey 'committed' to change after January's damning open letter from actors and directors
As part of the changes, the theatre has committed to a review of all pay rates, with any amendments to be implemented in 2020.
# Dublin Will Show You How
Intimidation, harassment and saddled with drug debt: The problems facing the most isolated women of Dublin's inner city
A new work will look into coercion and intimidation facing women in Dublin.
# Drama
'A positive first step': Abbey meets with theatre makers over 'deep concern and dissatisfaction'
Over 400 theatre makers have signed an open letter raising their concerns to Culture Minister Josepha Madigan.
# Complaint
Artists who wrote letter criticising Abbey Theatre direction 'won't be blacklisted'
That was among the sentiments expressed at an Oireachtas committee meeting today during which the current issues with the Abbey Theatre were discussed.
# Abbey Theatre
Abbey and theatre makers to meet as 100 more sign letter of 'concern and dissatisfaction'
The signatories of the letter, and representatives of the theatre and the Arts Council. will also appear before an Oireachtas committee tomorrow.
# not very abbey
Arts Council freezes €300k in Abbey funding following complaints by actors and directors
In a statement today, the council said that it has sought assurances from the national theatre.
# cultural concerns
Actors and directors write to Minister over 'deep concern and dissatisfaction' with Abbey Theatre's direction
The letter is signed by more than 300 names, including many high-profile ones.
# national theatre
Major redevelopment of the Abbey Theatre a step closer as it awaits government green light
The Abbey Theatre’s long hoped-for redevelopment is awaiting final approval from the government.
# good boy
There's a play about Hamlet opening in the Abbey - and this Great Dane has a starring role
‘Rehearsal, Playing the Dane’ opens on Wednesday.
Former member of The Chieftains Ronnie McShane has died in Dublin
He died peacefully and is survived by his wife Vera.
# dystopian times
Trump, the Famine and a troubled Galway of the future - Irish theatre is getting dark
A new adaptation of Star of the Sea is among the shows.
# first preview
Hundreds queue for free tickets as Abbey Theatre shows it is "open to all"
They were queuing for tickets for a preview of the show Room.
# Abbey Theatre
Pat Kinevane: 'We can be terribly cruel - so that drives me to try and make some sense of people'
Pat Kinevane has won an Olivier Award for his acting. He’s currently showing his acclaimed trilogy at the Peacock Stage in the Abbey Theatre.
# Abbey Theatre
Glenstal withstand dramatic Árdscoil comeback to reach first final in 47 years
Tries from Jack O’Mahony, George Downing and Luke Fitzgerald secured a famous victory.
# girls will be girls
'People tell me my book has changed their life'
Columnist and academic Emer O’Toole talks to us about her work.
# waking the feminists
Fury, apologies, and calls for respect as feminists shake the Irish theatre world
An open meeting took place at the Abbey Theatre today.
# spoons
JD Wetherspoon will turn this former church into a massive Dublin city-centre pub
The company is expected to spend €3 million-plus on the fit-out.
# waking the feminists
Abbey Theatre admits its 2016 programme 'does not represent gender equality'
The statement today follows almost a week of campaigning for equality in the Irish theatre scene.
# shadow of a gunman
This story of a suspected IRA member is as relevant today as it was in 1923
The Sean O’Casey play is currently on show at the Abbey Theatre. We speak to its director, Wayne Jordan.
# Abbey Theatre
Can these famous names help write and perform six plays in 24 hours?
Oh yes they can.
# Drama Queen
This old lady is 110 today and she has some stories to tell
The Abbey Theatre wants to talk about its history.
# seen to be heard
Shane's parents are Deaf - so he wrote the first Irish play for deaf and hearing people
The actor stars in a one man show that uses sound, light and Irish Sign Language in a unique way.
Abbey Theatre told to tour more, hire creatives and diversify productions to make money
During 2009 and 2014, revenues fell by 17 per cent, while public funding fell by 26 per cent.
Column: Social media and the Streisand Effect – who dictates popular discourse today?
Guess what? Traditional media no longer gets to dictate we can (or should) care about – as Panti Bliss, Pussy Riot and a host of other activists and individuals have proved, writes Lisa McInerney.
# Viral
100,000 people watch Panti video on homophobia in less than two days
In the video, Panti talks about how the word ‘homophobia’ has been appropriated by other groups since The Saturday Night Show interview.
# Protest
Watch Panti's powerful speech about oppression of gay people
Rory O’Neill took to the Abbey stage last night to deliver oration on how homosexuality is still stigmatised in Ireland.
Irish actress Susan Fitzgerald dies following long illness
Fitzgerald was one of the most recognisable faces in Irish theatre acting and was married to Michael Colgan, artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin.
# Smoke
Four fire brigades tend to the Abbey Theatre
This time it was a case of smoke without fire as a blown bulb at the theatre set the fire alarms off.
# Abbey Theatre
Abbey Theatre can rebuild on current site after buying adjoining land
The theatre – which had been considered for moves elsewhere in recent years – will now stay at its current location.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Our essential roundup of the day’s big stories – plus any other bits and pieces you may have missed.
# Abbey Theatre
Abbey Theatre to close after asbestos discovery
The asbestos, which can cause serious health problems if inhaled, was found during a building inspection in January. The theatre will close for nine weeks.